200 E M L King Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37402
When it comes to issues of race and color of one’s skin, ignorance and racism persist to this day. It’s necessary to make connections from the past to erase the veil of ignorance. In Chance or Circumstance?, author James R. Mapp offers an account of the history of race relations and the road to desegregation and open accommodations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from the 1960s to the present. His memoir tells of people, places, and events that occurred during that tumultuous era. Mapp—a lifetime member of the NAACP—was entrenched in the movement for racial equality and positive change for more than sixty years. Chance or Circumstance? tells what motivated Mapp and others to endure hardships, sacrifice incomes, and even risk their lives to right a wrong that had oppressed African Americans since slavery. “Chance or Circumstance?” – James R. Mapp Exhibit will give a view into the life of James R. Mapp, through artifacts, photos and documents from his past. The exhibit will be open from August 1 through October 31, 2017 in the Chattanooga African American Museum located within the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.